"Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level.”
United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Climate Change 2007 Synthesis Report Human activity, such as burning fossil fuels for home heating, transportation and various industrial activities including mining, manufacturing and large-scale farming, is the primary cause of global climate change. Historically, this activity and the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have been the responsibility of the global North, or the wealthy, industrialized nations. Yet the burden of climate change –extreme weather events, drought, flooding, crop failures, destroyed fisheries and loss of habitat and homeland– is being disproportionately borne by poor and marginalized communities of the global South, peoples who are the least responsible for the changes we are seeing in the world today.
Climate change is thus more than a question of environmental sustainability; it is a question of justice. KAIROS believes that climate justice involves making real reductions in carbon emissions as well as addressing the social and economic inequities between the rich and the poor—both of these are inextricably linked.
Resources from KAIROS
- Fact sheet on Fossil Fuel Subsidies (April 2015)
- Fact sheet on Renewable Energy Plan (April 2015)
- Fact sheet on Putting a Price on Carbon (June 2015)
- Blog Post: Fasting for imagination to solve the climate crisis (March 2015)
- Briefing Paper #41 Hopeful Signs, Alarming Realities on the Road to Climate Justice (April 2015)
- Briefing Paper #40 People’s Climate March Outshines UN Summit (October 2014)
- Briefing Paper #39 Movement for Divesting from Fossil Fuels Gaining Strength (September 2014)
- Briefing Paper #37 IPCC Confirms We Must Act Now on Climate Change (October 2013)
- Worship in Celebration of Earth Day (2012)
- KAIROS Policy Paper: Re-energizing the Future: Faith and Justice in a Post-Petroleum World (December 2007)
- View all Briefing Papers